14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15.
This passage of scripture is vital for understanding the purpose of prayer. Prayer is not given unto us to ask whatever we desire. Prayer is given unto us to accomplish the will of the Father on the earth. To understand prayer we need to examine how the world and everything around us was created.
When the Lord created all things He did it through His spoken word. He spoke all things into existence. We have been created in His image and through Jesus Christ we have the authority and power to call those things which are not into existence.
But we have not been given unchecked authority and we have not been given authority to fulfill selfish desires. We have been given authority to carry out the Father’s will. As we grow deeper and more intimately with the Lord our minds and our hearts align with His. The deepest desires of His heart become ours.
It is in this place that He begins to burden our hearts. Our hearts are burdened so that we will go boldly to the throne of grace and we will speak forth the things He has placed upon His heart. When ever the Lord desires to accomplish anything on the earth He simply searches for someone who will commit their life to prayer.
Many times we may look at ourselves and believe we are insignificant because of our present circumstances. But what we fail to do is see ourselves as the Lord sees us. When we walk intimately with the Lord we become a dynamic force on the earth for His kingdom. As our prayers align with His will the purposes and plans of Heaven are carried out.
We are co-laborers with Christ. Jesus paid the ultimate price so that we could be free but He has chosen to use mere people to fulfill the will of the kingdom on the earth. In this hour the Lord desires to accomplish much. There is a mighty harvest before us and the harvest will come forth through the faithful prayers of God’s people. It is faithful intercession that paves the road for the gospel to go forth. It is faithful intercession that prepares and softens hearts to receive the gospel.
In this hour be obedient as the Holy Spirit moves on your heart and reveals to you what direction to pray in. The Lord is coming soon and the hour grows very short. Keep pressing in and never give us in the place of prayer. Pray without ceasing. The fervent prayer of the righteous availth much. God bless.